HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Taking the help to the homeless. That's the goal of one local effort that's grown from a simple socks and blanket drive to a massive effort to stock those living on the streets with supplies for the entire winter. WHNT NEWS 19 Pays it Forward to the Tent City Project.
After her garage got full of boxes, Amy Mansell and volunteers starting packing this storage unit.
"Socks , underwear, clothes, jackets, blankets, food, water, hygiene products, tents, tarps, propane, and camping gear," lists Mansell, as she describes the items they've been collecting.
Using The Tent City Project 2015 Facebook event page to coordinate things, they're collecting anything that can help the homeless population make it through the winter.
"I just have a heart for the homeless," says Mansell. "I want to help. I don't want to just help sustain them for the winter, I want to help get them out of the situation they're in."
Once donations are sorted and drop-off locations are set, volunteers head out and give out the goods.
"We have about 15 car loads of people," says Mansell. "We load everybody up and make a day of it. We go meet them and since it's grown so much and we have so many vehicles involved, we meet in parking lots close to their camps."
At this meeting, it wasn't just vehicles and boxes involved. WHNT NEWS 19 had a surprise of $319 in cash.
"Thank you so much!" shouts Mansell.
All of the donations were given out on Saturday, December 19th. The plan is to do it again next year. Mansell and the volunteers start gathering items about two months before.